SAN DIEGO, Calif., Oct. 28, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. (NASDAQ:ROIC) announced today financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019.

HIGHLIGHTS

  •  $17.9 million of net income attributable to common stockholders ($0.16 per diluted share)
  •  $33.4 million of Funds From Operations (FFO)(1) ($0.27 per diluted share)
  •  97.7% portfolio lease rate at September 30, 2019 (21st consecutive quarter at or above 97%)
  •  35.7% increase in same-space comparative cash rents on new leases (8.7% on renewals)
  •  3.0% increase in same-center cash net operating income (3Q‘19 vs. 3Q‘18)
  •  3.6% increase in same-center cash net operating income (first 9 months ‘19 vs. ‘18)
  •  $30.0 million property disposition ($60.5 million of property dispositions YTD)
  •  $19.2 million of common equity raised through ATM program ($25.9 million YTD)
  •  $59.1 million debt reduction (9/30/19 vs. 6/30/19)
  •  $0.1970 per share quarterly cash dividend paid
  • 2019 FFO guidance range updated ($1.10 - $1.12 per diluted share)
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    (1) A reconciliation of GAAP net income to FFO is provided at the end of this press release.

Stuart A. Tanz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. stated, “During the third quarter, we again achieved strong property operations and leasing results.  We posted our 31st consecutive quarter of increasing same-center cash NOI and same-space releasing cash rents.  Additionally, for the 21st consecutive quarter, we achieved a portfolio lease rate at or above 97%.”  Tanz added, “Along with continuing to post strong portfolio operating metrics, we are also working to strengthen our portfolio and financial position.  Year to date, we have raised approximately $86 million of capital through disposing of certain non-core properties and selectively issuing shares through our ATM program. These efforts are aimed at enhancing the long-term intrinsic value of our portfolio and positioning the company for future growth.”

FINANCIAL SUMMARY

For the three months ended September 30, 2019, GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders was $17.9 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, as compared to GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders of $14.2 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, for the three months ended September 30, 2018.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders was $38.7 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, as compared to GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders of $32.2 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2018.

FFO for the third quarter of 2019 was $33.4 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, as compared to $35.1 million in FFO, or $0.28 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2018.  FFO for the first nine months of 2019 was $102.7 million, or $0.82 per diluted share, as compared to $105.6 million in FFO, or $0.85 per diluted share for the first nine months of 2018. ROIC reports FFO as a supplemental performance measure in accordance with the definition set forth by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.  A reconciliation of GAAP net income to FFO is provided at the end of this press release.

At September 30, 2019, ROIC had a total market capitalization of approximately $3.7 billion with approximately $1.4 billion of principal debt outstanding, equating to a 38.4% debt-to-total market capitalization ratio.  ROIC’s debt outstanding was comprised of $86.3 million of mortgage debt and approximately $1.3 billion of unsecured debt, including $92.0 million outstanding on its unsecured credit facility at September 30, 2019.  For the third quarter of 2019, ROIC’s interest coverage was 3.2 times and 94.5% of its portfolio was unencumbered (based on gross leasable area) at September 30, 2019.

DISPOSITION SUMMARY

During the third quarter of 2019, ROIC sold Morada Ranch Shopping Center, located in Stockton, California, for $30.0 million.  Year to date in 2019, ROIC has sold three properties totaling $60.5 million. Additionally, ROIC currently has an agreement to sell one property for approximately $13 million, subject to completion of customary due diligence and other closing conditions.

PROPERTY OPERATIONS SUMMARY

At September 30, 2019, ROIC’s portfolio was 97.7% leased.  For the third quarter of 2019, same-center net operating income (NOI) was $48.7 million, as compared to $47.3 million in same-center NOI for the third quarter of 2018, representing a 3.0% increase.  For the first nine months of 2019, same-center NOI increased 3.6% as compared to same-center NOI for the first nine months of 2018.  ROIC reports same-center comparative NOI on a cash basis.  A reconciliation of GAAP operating income to same-center comparative NOI is provided at the end of this press release.

During the third quarter of 2019, ROIC executed 96 leases, totaling 375,974 square feet, including 38 new leases, totaling 125,586 square feet, achieving a 35.7% increase in same-space comparative base rent, and 58 renewed leases, totaling 250,388 square feet, achieving an 8.7% increase in base rent.   ROIC reports same-space comparative base rent on a cash basis.

CAPITAL MARKETS SUMMARY

Year to date in 2019, ROIC has issued approximately 1.4 million shares of common stock through its ATM program, raising $25.9 million, including $19.2 million raised during the third quarter of 2019 and $6.7 million raised to date in the fourth quarter of 2019.

CASH DIVIDEND

On September 26, 2019, ROIC distributed a $0.1970 per share cash dividend.  On October 28, 2019, ROIC’s board of directors declared a cash dividend of $0.1970 per share, payable on December 30, 2019 to stockholders of record on December 16, 2019.

2019 FFO GUIDANCE

ROIC currently estimates that FFO for the full year 2019 will be within the range of $1.10 to $1.12 per diluted share, and net income will be within the range of $0.44 to $0.45 per diluted share.  The following table provides a reconciliation of GAAP net income to FFO.

  
 Year Ended December 31, 2019
 Low End High End
GAAP net income per diluted share$0.44 $0.45
FFO per diluted share$1.10 $1.12
    
Key Assumptions (dollars in thousands)   
Acquisitions$ $25,000
Dispositions$60,500 $73,500
    
Same-center cash NOI growth (vs. 2018) 3  %  4  %
      

ROIC’s management will discuss the company’s guidance and underlying assumptions on its October 29, 2019 conference call.  ROIC’s guidance is a forward-looking statement and is subject to risks and other factors described elsewhere in this press release.

CONFERENCE CALL

ROIC will conduct a conference call and audio webcast to discuss its results on Tuesday October 29, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time / 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time.  Those interested in participating in the conference call should dial (877) 312-8783 (domestic), or (408) 940-3874 (international) at least ten minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call. When prompted, provide the Conference ID: 4473618. A live webcast will also be available in listen-only mode at http://www.roireit.net/.  The conference call will be recorded and available for replay beginning at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 29, 2019 and will be available until 11:00p.m. Eastern Time on November 5, 2019. To access the conference call recording, dial (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (international) and use the Conference ID: 4473618. The conference call will also be archived on http://www.roireit.net/ for approximately 90 days.

ABOUT RETAIL OPPORTUNITY INVESTMENTS CORP.

Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. (NASDAQ: ROIC), is a fully-integrated, self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) that specializes in the acquisition, ownership and management of grocery-anchored shopping centers located in densely populated, metropolitan markets across the West Coast.  As of September 30, 2019, ROIC owned 88 shopping centers encompassing approximately 10.1 million square feet.  ROIC is the largest publicly-traded, grocery-anchored shopping center REIT focused exclusively on the West Coast.  ROIC is a member of the S&P SmallCap 600 Index and has investment-grade corporate debt ratings from Moody's Investor Services and S&P Global Ratings.  Additional information is available at: www.roireit.net.

When used herein, the words "believes," "anticipates," "projects," "should," "estimates," "expects," “guidance” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements with the meaning of that term in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and in Section 21F of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Certain statements contained herein may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results of ROIC to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.   Information regarding such risks and factors is described in ROIC's filings with the SEC, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, which is available at: www.roireit.net.


RETAIL OPPORTUNITY INVESTMENTS CORP.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share data)

 September 30, 2019
 (unaudited)
 December 31, 2018
ASSETS   
Real Estate Investments:   
Land$884,603  $894,240 
Building and improvements2,240,872  2,266,232 
 3,125,475  3,160,472 
Less: accumulated depreciation370,684  329,207 
 2,754,791  2,831,265 
Mortgage note receivable13,250   
Real Estate Investments, net2,768,041  2,831,265 
Cash and cash equivalents6,608  6,076 
Restricted cash2,033  1,373 
Tenant and other receivables, net45,649  46,832 
Acquired lease intangible assets, net62,861  72,109 
Prepaid expenses1,198  4,194 
Deferred charges, net28,814  33,857 
Other18,138  7,365 
Total assets$2,933,342  $3,003,071 
    
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY   
Liabilities:   
Term loan$299,264  $299,076 
Credit facility90,335  153,689 
Senior Notes942,496  941,449 
Mortgage notes payable87,773  88,511 
Acquired lease intangible liabilities, net149,528  166,146 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses27,716  15,488 
Tenants’ security deposits7,118  7,065 
Other liabilities43,960  23,219 
Total liabilities1,648,190  1,694,643 
    
Commitments and contingencies   
    
Equity:   
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value 50,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding   
Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 500,000,000 shares authorized; 115,324,655 and 113,992,837 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively12  11 
Additional paid-in capital1,461,432  1,441,080 
Dividends in excess of earnings(285,221) (256,438)
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income(5,649) 3,561 
Total Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. stockholders’ equity1,170,574  1,188,214 
Non-controlling interests114,578  120,214 
Total equity1,285,152  1,308,428 
Total liabilities and equity$2,933,342  $3,003,071 
    


RETAIL OPPORTUNITY INVESTMENTS CORP.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share data)

 Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
 2019  2018  2019  2018 
Revenues       
Rental revenue$71,793  $73,028  $218,981  $216,087 
Other income645  876  2,440  4,553 
Total revenues72,438  73,904  221,421  220,640 
        
Operating expenses       
Property operating10,995  11,150  32,766  32,645 
Property taxes8,113  8,255  24,183  23,988 
Depreciation and amortization24,163  25,335  73,367  75,883 
General and administrative expenses4,448  3,770  13,674  11,291 
Other expense47  46  1,364  389 
Total operating expenses47,766  48,556  145,354  144,196 
        
Gain on sale of real estate10,357  5,890  13,175  5,890 
        
Operating income35,029  31,238  89,242  82,334 
Non-operating expenses       
Interest expense and other finance expenses(15,401) (15,591) (46,685) (46,761)
Net income19,628  15,647  42,557  35,573 
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests(1,770) (1,453) (3,864) (3,338)
Net Income Attributable to Retail Opportunity Investments Corp.$17,858  $14,194  $38,693  $32,235 
        
Earnings per share – basic and diluted$0.16  $0.12  $0.34  $0.28 
        
Dividends per common share$0.1970  $0.1950  $0.5910  $0.5850 
        


CALCULATION OF FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)

 Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
 2019  2018  2019  2018 
Net income attributable to ROIC$17,858  $14,194  $38,693  $32,235 
Plus: Depreciation and amortization24,163  25,335  73,367  75,883 
Less:  Gain on sale of real estate(10,357) (5,890) (13,175) (5,890)
Funds from operations – basic31,664  33,639  98,885  102,228 
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests1,770  1,453  3,864  3,338 
Funds from operations – diluted$33,434  $35,092  $102,749  $105,566 
        


SAME-CENTER CASH NET OPERATING INCOME ANALYSIS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except number of shopping centers and percentages)

  Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2019  2018 $ Change % Change 2019  2018 $ Change % Change
Number of shopping centers included in same-center analysis87  87     85  85    
Same-center occupancy97.7  %  97.9  %   (0.2)% 97.8  %  97.9  %   (0.1)%
                 
Revenues:               
 Base rents$50,994  $49,349 $1,645  3.3 % $150,279  $144,668 $5,611  3.9 %
 Percentage rent182  85 97  114.1 % 312  281 31  11.0 %
 Recoveries from tenants16,348  15,937 411  2.6 % 49,055  47,126 1,929  4.1 %
 Other property income456  827 (371) (44.9)% 1,895  2,109 (214) (10.1)%
 Bad debt (1)(209)  (209) N/A (1,112)  (1,112) N/A
Total Revenues67,771  66,198 1,573  2.4 % 200,429  194,184 6,245  3.2 %
Operating Expenses               
 Property operating expenses11,075  10,538 537  5.1 % 32,674  30,946 1,728  5.6 %
 Bad debt (1)  388 (388) N/A   702 (702) N/A
 Property taxes7,990  7,981 9  0.1 % 23,411  23,201 210  0.9 %
Total Operating Expenses19,065  18,907 158  0.8 % 56,085  54,849 1,236  2.3 %
Same-Center Cash Net Operating Income$48,706  $47,291 $1,415  3.0 % $144,344  $139,335 $5,009  3.6 %
                 
                 
(1)In connection with the adoption of the lease accounting standard ASU No. 2016-2, effective January 1, 2019, bad debt is now classified as an offset to revenue instead of being included in operating expenses.
  


SAME-CENTER CASH NET OPERATING INCOME RECONCILIATION
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)

  Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2019  2018  2019  2018 
GAAP operating income $35,029  $31,238  $89,242  $82,334 
Depreciation and amortization 24,163  25,335  73,367  75,883 
General and administrative expenses 4,448  3,770  13,674  11,291 
Other expense 47  46  1,364  389 
Gain on sale of real estate (10,357) (5,890) (13,175) (5,890)
Straight-line rent (924) (1,485) (2,650) (4,366)
Amortization of above- and below-market rent (3,087) (3,673) (13,025) (10,891)
Property revenues and other expenses (1) (161) (95) 39  41 
Total Company cash NOI 49,158  49,246  148,836  148,791 
Non same-center cash NOI (452) (1,955) (4,492) (9,456)
Same-center cash NOI $48,706  $47,291  $144,344  $139,335 
         
         
(1) Includes anchor lease termination fees, net of contractual amounts, if any, expense and recovery adjustments related to prior periods and other miscellaneous adjustments.
 


NON-GAAP DISCLOSURES

Funds from operations (“FFO”), is a widely recognized non-GAAP financial measure for REITs that the Company believes when considered with financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP, provides additional and useful means to assess its financial performance.  FFO is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties to evaluate the performance of REITs, most of which present FFO along with net income as calculated in accordance with GAAP.  The Company computes FFO in accordance with the “White Paper” on FFO published by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”), which defines FFO as net income attributable to common stockholders (determined in accordance with GAAP) excluding gains or losses from debt restructuring, sales of depreciable property and impairments, plus real estate related depreciation and amortization, and after adjustments for partnerships and unconsolidated joint ventures.

The Company uses cash net operating income (“NOI”) internally to evaluate and compare the operating performance of the Company’s properties.  The Company believes cash NOI provides useful information to investors regarding the Company’s financial condition and results of operations because it reflects only those income and expense items that are incurred at the property level, and when compared across periods, can be used to determine trends in earnings of the Company’s properties as this measure is not affected by the non-cash revenue and expense recognition items, the cost of the Company’s funding, the impact of depreciation and amortization expenses, gains or losses from the acquisition and sale of operating real estate assets, general and administrative expenses or other gains and losses that relate to the Company’s ownership of properties.  The Company believes the exclusion of these items from operating income is useful because the resulting measure captures the actual revenue generated and actual expenses incurred in operating the Company’s properties as well as trends in occupancy rates, rental rates and operating costs.  Cash NOI is a measure of the operating performance of the Company’s properties but does not measure the Company’s performance as a whole and is therefore not a substitute for net income or operating income as computed in accordance with GAAP.  The Company defines cash NOI as operating revenues (base rent and recoveries from tenants), less property and related expenses (property operating expenses and property taxes), adjusted for non-cash revenue and operating expense items such as straight-line rent and amortization of lease intangibles, debt-related expenses and other adjustments.  Cash NOI also excludes general and administrative expenses, depreciation and amortization, acquisition transaction costs, other expense, interest expense, gains and losses from property acquisitions and dispositions, extraordinary items, tenant improvements and leasing commissions.  Other REITs may use different methodologies for calculating cash NOI, and accordingly, the Company’s cash NOI may not be comparable to other REITs.

Contact:
Ashley Rubino, Investor Relations
858-255-4913
arubino@roireit.net

Source: Retail Opportunity Investments Corp.